Category Archives: disaster

In Nature’s Casino

It was Aug. 24, 2005, and New Orleans was still charming. Tropical Depression 12 was spinning from the Bahamas toward Florida, but the chances of an American city’s being destroyed by nature were remote, even for one below sea level. An entire industry of weather bookies — scientists who calculate the likelihood of various natural disasters — had in effect set the odds: a storm that destroys $70 billion of insured property should strike the United States only once every 100 years. New Orleanians had made an art form of ignoring threats far more likely than this; indeed, their carelessness was a big reason they were supposedly more charming than other Americans. And it was true: New Orleanians found pleasure even in oblivion. But in their blindness to certain threats, they could not have been more typically American. From Miami to San Francisco, the nation’s priciest real estate now faced beaches and straddled fault lines; its most vibrant cities occupied its most hazardous land. If, after World War II, you had set out to redistribute wealth to maximize the sums that might be lost to nature, you couldn’t have done much better than Americans had done. And virtually no one — not even the weather bookies — fully understood the true odds.

[NYTIMES]

Yes Men – Halliburton’s SurvivaBall

A Guide to the Basic Functions and Properties of the Halliburton Model X7 SurvivaBall
For use in catastrophic or potentially catastrophic conditions.

“SurvivaBall is nothing less than a self-contained living system–truly, a gated community for one. If you have a SurvivaBall, even if everyone else is dying, at least you can weather all storms.”  Of course, while SurvivaBall is its own brand, it was created by America’s largest companies (the Website boasts the logos of Shell, Ford, Exxon, GM, etc.) to avoid dealing with their impact on the environment in a non-profitable manner.  “The SurvivaBall builds on Halliburton’s reputation as a disaster and conflict industry innovator,” said Wolf. “Just as the Black Plague led to the Renaissance and the Great Deluge gave Noah a monopoly of the animals, so tomorrow’s catastrophes could well lead to good – and industry must be ready to seize that good.”

“The Survivaball not only hyperbollically anticipates the long-term intensification of environmental disadjustments as the condition for future profit making, but also provides the appropriate protective equipment for those contracted to manage the perpetual state of emergency generated by the energy-industrial complex.”

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Energy from Chile’s Earthquake

“This morning’s devastating earthquake in Chile (8.8 on the Richter scale) had an energy equivalent of approximately 15.8 gigatons of TNT (31,600,000,000,000 lbs). To put that in perspective, it is about as much energy as would be released by 300 of the largest thermonuclear bombs ever built (the USSR’s Tsar Bomba, detonated in Novaya Zemlya in 1961).”

Someone’s post about today’s earthquake.  I just thought it would be interesting to keep exploring the energy aspect of these natural disasters, especially in terms of man-made bombs.  Check out how small Hiroshima is in comparison.

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man-made quakes

man-made earthquake created for geothermal power

 Tectonic Warfare

Earthquakes could be a new form of warfare, or a means of energy generation the DNYBLE system needs to operate.

top 5 ways to cause a man-made earthquake

1. Build a Dam

2. Inject Liquid Into the Ground

3. Mine a Lot of Coal

4. Drill a Gusher Dry

5. Create the World’s Biggest Building

 via WIRED

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covert construction of hardened facilities

Hardened Structures is a Professional Construction Program Management Company specializing in the confidential planning, design and covert construction of hardened facilities, hardened homes, underground bunkers, survival communities, rural compounds and fortresses.

These facilities are designed with independent sources of power and water and typically incorporate a substantial underground component. They can serve as a primary dwelling, vacation home, corporate retreat, long term shelter or expanded multi-function compound. Client confidentiality and total project secrecy are paramount on all of our design/build projects.

By its nature, a Hardened Structure is usually designed to perform its primary mission both during and after a war-like or criminal attack, in the event of a major natural disaster or accidental/man made emergency. Thus making hardening one of its primary requirements and a significant part of the cost.

• All Shelters are Approved by FEMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
• All Shelters are designed by our Structural Engineers
• Underground Steel Storm Shelters Starting at $4,795.00
• Underground Steel Bomb/Fallout Shelters Starting at $17,295.00
• Above Ground Steel Safe Rooms Starting at $3,895.00
• Custom Designs for Community Centers, Fire Departments, Town/City Hall

Check out their interactive demo:

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abandonment and mutation

Chernobyl has become a wildlife haven in its abandonment. Some scientists believe the new vegetative growth and animal life show signs of mutation and are worried the species (especially birds) will affect outside habitats. Radiation is also affecting tree growth – confusing a hormone signal that a tree uses to determine which way to grow.

More at National Geographic

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